How long have you been dancing?
My first reaction is to be a little circumspect regarding my age. However, one look in the mirror decided my answer: 70 years on and off.
Wow! That’s amazing. I hope I get to say taht one day! I say flaunt it, rather than hide it.
You started dancing at an early age in public school, right? How did that come about?
Well, I am from Saskatchewan. And physical exercise in a Saskatchewan winter wasn’t easily done. Plus, the little three-room school I attended did not have any such thing as a gymnasium. So, a few desks were pushed back and our teacher, Miss Broadfoot, began teaching us the basic dances of the time: Foxtrot, Two-step, Polka, Waltz, Schottische, and some Square Dance.
I am so jealous! Maybe I would have actually liked P.E in school if I had had that kind of class and teacher.
Well, the community where I was in Saskatchewan was so small it didn’t qualify as a town or village, but as a hamlet. And the community dances drew from the farms in the district.
That’s such a great reminder- how the community we are around influences the kinds of cultural and artistic activities we are exposed to.
I’m curious if there was any stigma around dancing as a boy at that time.
Well, when these dances occurred, mostly during warmer weather, my ability to do a bit of dancing stood me in good stead, as many of the men usually visited together outside having a drink, leaving their wives/daughters/girlfriends in the townhall for me to dance with.
Haha. They had no idea what they were missing. And how perfect for you!Continue reading